Tu: Short Film Review
Cast: Sayani Gupta and Arjun Radhakrishnan.
Director: Rahul Nangia.
Genre: Romantic Drama.
Channel: Large Short Films (YouTube).
Release Date: 20th December 2018.
Supriya and Murtuza. Two people in love. Scratch that, because love doesn’t matter when it’s interfaith. These two know it, and they steal every single moment from their families and the world to keep this love alive. But for how long? What happens when the reality comes banging at your door?
- Tale as old as time in India, Tu stands out for its simplistic power. It’s just two lovers, away from the world in their bubble, waiting for the inevitable impending doom, and you just relate to it on a profound level.
- Interfaith relationships have always been a sensitive issue in our country. Dozens of artists and creators have put it forward in their own unique way, and kudos to Rahul Nangia for delivering it in an enthralling way, questioning the bigoted perception we still seem to harbor in the ‘modern’ 21st
- The somber cinematography and background score help convey the story much more effortlessly. Also, one can’t help but notice the even, sort of monotonous tone of conversation the two have, even at the time of crisis. The elevating music and calm dialogue delivery (more like voiceovers) create an extraordinarily strong contrast.
- Sayani Gupta is a revelation as ever. Leave it to her to uplift a character with her amazing, yet underrated, performance. Arjun compliments her perfectly, matching her to the par.
- The Nolan-type ending, where the audiences are left to interpret the ending as they want- leaving it wholly to the viewers’ perception- makes the film a gripping tale from start until the very end.
- There’s nothing keeping you from watching this film. So do watch!
Tu is a raw, beautiful and powerful take on India’s ever-going battle, of interfaith relationships, between lovers and the society.
- Tu was first premiered at the 20th Jio Mami Film Festival with Star under the Royal Stag Barrel’s Perfect 10 Winner category.
- Sayani Gupta and Arjun Radhakrishnan have prominently worked in short films. Sayani has Bubbles and Stars, Bunny, Detours, and many others (short films) to her credits; she has also worked in web series such as Kaushiki and Inside Edge and will be seen Amazon Prime’s upcoming series Four More Shots Please! Arjun, on the other hand, can be seen in Roop Ki Rani, ShutUp, and The White Feather (all short films).
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